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Bamboozled

Bamboozled

I’ve got green finger nails again. And no, its not through gardening, even though it entailed getting my hands on large amounts of bamboo, its through painting and getting intimate with a Samurai. As you do. 🙂 The guy who has commissioned me to do this particular oil painting for him rang earlier to see how I was getting on, and excitedly told me that “he was like a cat on a hot tin roof” cos he was so looking forward to seeing the painting. I smiled at the thought, cos I know what its like, you want to see the picture, you can’t imagine exactly what its going to look like, but you have high expectations of it being all that you want of it. I hope I fulfill his expectations of it. I think I will though. Cos I’m loving the way its looking and am now just on the final few stages of pulling the whole picture together and putting the Samurai warrior in his bamboo setting. And its surprised me how much I’m enjoying doing the background of it. You’d think that bamboo is just straight up and down with a few leaves here and there, and it would be if I’d painted it like that, but changing the grouping of the planting, picking out some of the leaf shapes, and hinting at the thick density of bamboo growth in the forest behind him has been a fun challenge.  So, I should finish it for the client in the very near future, and as soon as its fully dry, he can take ownership of it. I know he’s busy looking for an appropriate Japanese style frame for it to show it off to its full Oriental extent.

But as well as that this week, I had the delivery of another oil painting to do, down in sunny Kent, that one being the one for Roger and Kathy – also an oil painting, but this one an erotic nude portrait of them both.  And they were both over the moon with their painting too, all big smiles and happy hugs. I like a success like that! There’s a lot to explain about that painting, so I’ll leave it til the next blog post to show you the working progress of it, and the finished result. They asked for a sensual, loving, erotic, tasteful painting, and that was exactly what I gave them. The oils were a perfect medium for the soft nuances of skin tones – I’m loving working in oils again!

It’s been a busy week all round, with taking work to exhibitions and bringing it back again. And to add to the positive and promotional power of my week I have been featured in on Erolife’s website with a full and well illustrated article about me and my erotic art. You can view it here on Erolife. So, it looks like September has started really well with good art for this month for me.

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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